A Wood River Valley assisted-living slammed for improper care—including not providing enough food to its infirm residents—has had its license reinstated.
In February, Idaho Mountain Express reported investigators had discovered several issues at the Safe Haven Home in Bellevue, including failure to properly administer medication, failure to keep accurate medical records and failure to maintain an appropriate infectious-control program when the facility ran out of cleaning supplies.
According to a Department of Health and Welfare document, one caregiver at the facility told investigators when the administrator was responsible for buying food during the summer months of 2014, "the food didn't make it here." Another caregiver told investigators the administrator did not shop for food for a 20-day period, and the caregiver ended up making rice and cream soup for the residents. Health and Welfare investigators concluded six of the seven residents dropped an average of 22 pounds in a period of 61 days.
The residents suffer from dementia, Parkinson's disease, cerebrovascular disease and other ailments, according to Health and Welfare.
This morning's Mountain Express reports Safe Haven owners have received a letter from Health and Welfare officials stating a follow-up inspection in late March indicated all "core issue" deficiencies had been corrected. Safe Haven owners said they could "now be looking to fulfill a backlog of applications it has had for admitting new residents."